Monday, 25 June 2012

Gradient Sparkle Nails

Hello everyone :)

I wanted to do a little post about my new nail crush - gradient nails

They're really easy to do, so read on!

What I used:
 nail polish for gradient nails

  • MaxFactor Mini Nail Polish in Cool Jade
  • Max Factor Mini Nail Polish in Juicy Plum
  • GOSH Nail Polish in Bubblegum Pink
  • Nina Ultra Pro - Wet Glaze
  • Andrea Fulerton Stripe and Sparkle 
  • A sponge, I used an old kitchen one and cut into a square shape :)

So, first off, decide what colours you'd like, what would go together, etc. This is just a quick example I put together with what I had, and I thought pastel colours would be pretty, but I'm sure you guys will be much more creative :)

 I cut the sponge, and applied the nail polish in 3 stripes, making sure that they overlapped slightly, as this gives the gradient effect

On a clean, dry nail, apply the sponge, holding down firmly and slowly moving it from side to side

gradient nails

Obviously you can re-apply more nail polish if the sponge has dried out.  I applied a few coats to my nails, because each time you apply, your blending it more to give a better effect.

While my nails were still wet, I sprinkled some of the glitter over them (careful - it gets messy! I applied it over a sink) and then applied my clear polish to my nails.

Finally, grab a cotton bud and some nail varnish remover to take away excess polish the sponge left on your skin

That's it! It's really easy yet I think it looks great
graient nails

gradient nails
That was my first ever attempt at gradient nails, so I'm pleased with the result, I think next time I'll buy some better sponges to make it blend better and overlap the polish more, but overall, it's really pretty :)

Hope you enjoyed that quick post, I've got some exciting makeup looks I'm adding this week, so check back soon, it's going to be awesome!



  1. Ohhh they look great, I love the glitter! I reallyy wanna try this now :P Can you use any type of sponge for gradient nails?

  2. Oh wow! They look great and really easy to do.

    I'll have to try this out, I wouldn't ever think to do gradient nails this way!

    Thank you for the tip :)

    Laura xx

  3. Apparently you can use any sponge, I used my old kitchen one lol but I think a makeup sponge might give you better effects, I'm still experimenting but I'll need to try!

    Thanks for the lovely comments xxx

  4. Great idea, love it :) x

  5. wow, definately going to try them out. never thought of doing nails like this, thankyou :)

  6. ah these are amazing!! they look so good x

  7. I miss having gradient nails! When I take my paint off definitely gonna do this :) xx

  8. That so cool-looking! And it doesn't look that hard to do so I might try it. Thanks for the tips :)

    -Victoria x

  9. Wow they are so pretty! Thanks for the tip!

  10. I have never thought of doing this before, but your nails look so pretty! I will definitely be trying this out!

  11. Thanks for your comment on my blog :) these nails look very cool!